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Labor pick will seek ethics advice on brokers conflict rule

Sep. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary sought to quell concerns among Democrats that he's too close to the corporate world, telling lawmakers Thursday that if confirmed he'll ask ethics officials if he can participate in the crafting of a conflict of interest rule for...

The Latest: Labor nominee Eugene Scalia cites 'public trust'

Sep. 19, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Eugene Scalia, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department (all times local): 9:50 a.m. President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department tells a Senate committee that his years of work as an attorney for corporate clients won't influence his actions...

Lawyer: Chicago archdiocese paid $80M to clients of law firm

Sep. 17, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million to 160 victims of sexual abuse by clergy represented by a single law firm since 2001, the lawyer who heads the Minnesota-based firm told reporters Tuesday. According to a statement issued later by the archdiocese, it has paid...

Trump outpaces Obama, Bush in naming ex-lobbyists to Cabinet

Sep. 17, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating. The Cabinet choices are...

Volkswagen to pay up to $87 million in Australia for scandal

Sep. 16, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to 127 million Australian dollars ($87 million) to settle an Australian class action stemming from the 2015 diesel emissions scandal, the German automaker and a lawyer said Monday. The settlement was announced in the Federal Court in Sydney by law...

Michigan prisoners seeking ways to reduce child support debt

Sep. 15, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Paul Olden walked out of prison last year with $26,000 in debt. Without knowing it, for years he racked up child support payments while he was behind bars. Olden was shocked to learn of his debt in 2012, when his grandmother told him that she'd found some mail from Wayne County showing that...

States split by party on accepting Purdue Pharma settlement

Sep. 13, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation's Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a...

Oklahoma AG hires outside attorneys on gambling negotiations

Sep. 13, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has agreed to pay a Michigan law firm up to $250,000 to help represent the state in negotiations with Oklahoma-based Native American tribes over compacts that allow gambling. Republican Mike Hunter's office signed the agreement last week with the national...

Defiant terror defendant makes lawyer enter not guilty plea

Sep. 11, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. citizen and former New Yorker accused of becoming a sniper for the Islamic State group stood silent as his lawyer entered a not guilty plea for him on Wednesday, with the lawyer saying afterward that her client had refused to do it himself. Ruslan Maratovich Asainov "lives by Sharia...

The Latest: Groups praise states for launching Google probe

Sep. 9, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on states' antitrust probe on Google (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Several advocacy groups are lauding state attorneys general for opening an investigation into Google's market power. The consumer group Public Citizen says the time has come for tech giants like Google to be held...